Triple Helix Workshop “Building the Entrepreneurial University”

12-16 November 2012

Organized by the Triple Helix Research Group,
H-STAR Institute,Stanford University


The Triple Helix Research Group at Stanford University’s Human Sciences and Technologies Advanced Research Institute (H-STAR) announces an exceptional event: the five-day intensive workshop “Building the Entrepreneurial University”, held at Stanford on 12-16 November 2012.

The workshop presents various innovation initiatives from a Triple Helix perspective: (a) the ‘university’ strand is represented by some of the most successful US entrepreneurial universities, including Stanford, Utah, Arizona State, Berkeley, California Institute of Technology and University of Colorado; (b) the ‘industry’ strand is represented by world-leading firms, like IBM, start-ups such as Bell Biosystems, Inc. and Maykah, Inc. and a group of venture capital firms and business angels, including NestGSV Inc., Sand Hill Angels and Nokia Growth Partners; and (iii) the ‘government’ strand is represented by US federal and California state agencies, such as the National R&D Center on Instructional Technology of the US Department of Education, the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the US Department of Commerce, California Governors' Office for Economic Development (Go-Biz), San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), etc. Other local agencies involved in innovation are also represented, such as California Invention Center and Intellectual Property International, Ltd., and the Silicon Valley Chapter of Licensing Executives Society (LES). The workshop also includes visits to Stanford's interdisciplinary Clark Center and its Bio-X program, the Plug & Play Tech Center - one of Silicon Valley’s most renowned start-up accelerators, as well as the Ecobator, the world’s first platform bringing together innovation economy stakeholders under one roof to stimulate their interaction. We will also present the experience of several Silicon Valley diplomats and country representatives in linking their national environments to the vibrant innovation ecosystem of Silicon Valley.

Join us for a premium event that will offer its participants a memorable experience at Stanford University, which "is so startlingly paradisial, so fragrant and sunny, it’s as if you could eat from the trees and live happily forever. " (The New Yorker, April 30, 2012)


Who can participate?

The workshop is particularly suited for government policy-makers, higher education leaders, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, business angels, university managers, technology transfer managers and practitioners, faculty and professional staff, academic evaluation and accreditation managers and practitioners, postgraduate students, innovation and higher education consultants, etc. Participants will join a vibrant network for dialogue at the nexus of University, Industry and Government, developing bonds across nations and existing boundaries, to create new bridges for collaboration.


The event has a rich and exciting intellectual content, and a stellar line-up of speakers from the top levels of Stanford and other US universities' leadership, business firms and US federal and California state innovation policy administration.

Speakers include (in the order of presentations):

  • KIRSTEN LEUTE, Senior Licensing Associate, Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), Stanford University
  • MATTHEW GOODYEAR and RUBY LEE, Co-presidents of the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES), Stanford University
  • CAMERON TEITELMAN, Founder and Senior Managing Director StartX, Stanford University
  • CALEB BELL, Founder and CEO at Bell Biosystems, Inc.
  • ALICE BROOKS, Co-Founder and CEO at Maykah, Inc.
  • LESA MITCHELL, Vice-President, Kauffman Foundation
  • SETHURAMAN “PANCH” PANCHANATHAN, Senior Vice President, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development, Arizona State University
  • ANDRE MARQUIS, Executive Director, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley
  • JACK BRITTAIN, Pierre Lassonde Presidential Chair and Professor of Management, Vice President Technology Venture Development, University of Utah
  • BRAD BERNTHAL, Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School, and Director of Silicon Flatirons Center’s Entrepreneurship Initiative
  • CURTIS CARLSON, President and CEO, SRI International
  • WAYNE JOHNSON, Assistant Vice President for Institute Corporate Relations, California Institute of Technology
  • JAMES C. SPOHRER, Director, IBM University Programs World-Wide (IBM UP) and Innovation Champion, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose
  • CHARLES (CHUCK) HOUSE, Chancellor, Cogswell Polytechnical College, Sunnyvale, California
  • DENNIS BOYLE, IDEO partner Palo Alto
  • JUHA PERÄLAMPI, Senior Lecturer and Manager, JAMK-Business Incubator, JAMK University of Applied Sciences, Jyvaskyla, Finland
  • KAYVAN BAROUMAND, CEO NestGSV Inc, CEO and Founder of Global Tech Venture (GTV)
  • DAVE CROWDER, Executive Vice President, GSV Capital
  • RICK RASMUSSEN, Sand Hill Angels
  • ANNIE LIN, Senior Associate, Nokia Growth Partners
  • DOUG HENTON, CEO Collaborative Economics
  • COREY MARSHALL, Good Government Policy Director, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)
  • LOUIS STEWART, Deputy Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), Sacramento
  • LAWRENCE J. UDELL, Executive Director of the California Invention Center and Intellectual Property International, Ltd., Co-founder and Managing Director of the Silicon Valley Chapter of Licensing Executives Society (LES)
  • EDWARD METZ, Program Manager of the National R&D Center on Instructional Technology, the Education Technology Research Program and the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR), US Department of Education
  • BRANDI P. PARKER, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration; and Patent Attorney Examiner, USPTO
  • FRED KONGONGO, Secretary, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • ARTHUR L. CHAIT, President & CEO EoPlex Inc.
  • SABINE BLANKENSHIP, Science Liaison Officer, German Consulate General, San Francisco
  • MIKKEL BÜLOW SKOVBORG, Research and Technology attaché, Innovation Center Denmark
  • JOHN VAN DEN HEUVEL, Science & Technology Advisor (Innovation Attaché), Netherlands Office for Science & Technology, Consulate General San Francisco
  • LAURA ERICKSON, Associate Director, swissnex San Francisco
  • DAVID SMITH, Principal, Tirna Partners
  • KATHARINE KU, Director, Office of Technology Licensing (OTL), Stanford University
  • KEITH DEVLIN, H-STAR Executive Director
  • MARTHA RUSSELL, MediaX Executive Director

As a workshop participant you will:
Fully engage with the workshop activities, not as a passive listener, but as an active actor who will shape the overall outcome of the workshop. You will listen to keynote addresses and individual presentations and participate in panel discussions with top academic, business and policy-making leaders involved in university-industry collaboration, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and business angels. You will present the experience of your own institution in a group discussion and receive feedback from the guest speakers and fellow participants. We invite you to prepare a brief paper presenting the entrepreneurial experience of your university/region/country in view of circulating it as a background document to all the workshop participants, post it on the workshop website and include it in a workshop report that will synthesize all these experiences and make recommendations for further development.

Join a community of like-minded individuals with similar goals and the belief that the Entrepreneurial University has a key role in the education, research and societal engagement of the future.

Expand networks, meet partners and learn from the entrepreneurial experience of world leaders sharing real-life examples of how they succeeded in their endeavours.

Enjoy a rich social program that includes an Opening reception, a Gala Dinner, a reception hosted by Plug & Play and a cocktail reception hosted by the Ecobator, as well as a sight-seeing trip to San Francisco.

Explore the possibility to initiate a longer-term research collaboration with the Triple Helix Research Group at the H-STAR Institute and with faculty and research groups across Stanford University, on the basis of a Visiting Partnership Agreement (see full text of the Agreement at


Fisher Conference Center at Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center

Transport to Stanford


Registration fees:

Regular individual registration

US$ 6,500/person

Early bird group discount

US$ 5,850 (10% off) for groups of 3+ people from the same institution.

 This discount is available until October 12, 2012.

Large group discount

US$ 4,550 (30% off) for groups of 10+ people from the same country


If you are a part of a group of 3 or more individuals from the same institution, or a group of 10 or more individuals from the same country, please contact our Triple Helix Meeting Planner at to receive instructions for payment.

The cost is all-inclusive and comprises:

  • Five accommodation nights (Sunday through Friday) on campus at Stanford Guest House;
  • Meals, Welcome Reception, Gala Dinner, Plug & Play reception;
  • All workshop materials;
  • Off-site visits;
  • Sightseeing excursion to San Francisco.

Airfare and airport transfer are not included. 

ONLINE REGISTRATION: please click here.

Registration deadline:  26 October 2012. The number of places is limited to 45, so book early to secure your place!    


Workshop recognition

A Certificate of Completion of the Stanford H-STAR Triple Helix Workshop will be awarded to each participant.


Opportunity for long-term collaboration

The workshop can be an initial step towards establishing longer-term research collaborations with the Triple Helix Research Group at the H-STAR Institute and with faculty and research groups across Stanford University. The collaboration is based on the conclusion of a Visiting Partnership Agreement with the H-STAR Institute (see details and full text of the agreement at



For further information, please contact General Coordinator Dr. Marina Ranga, Senior Researcher, Triple Helix Research Group, H-STAR Institute, Stanford University (email: